Archive for December, 2015

Palestinian resistance movements condemn Israeli assassination of Samir Kuntar

Samir Kuntar

Samir Kuntar

The Islamic Resistance Movement and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) have both released statements condemning the assassination of Lebanese resistance fighter and Palestine supporter Samir Kuntar, who was killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike on a residential building in Damascus, Syria on December 19,2015. The Israeli airstrike was both an extrajudicial killing, and a contravention of Syrian sovereignty.

Witnesses reported that the five-storey apartment building, which was completely destroyed, was hit by “four long-range missiles” and residents interviewed on Syrian state television said that they had seen the bodies of women and children in the rubble. Also killed was Farhan al-Sha’alan, a leader of the Hezbollah-affiliated Syrian Resistance in the Golan.

Rubble of residential building destroyed by Israeli missiles in Jaramana, Damascus which killed Kuntar and several others. Pic by Louai Beshara/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Rubble of residential building destroyed by Israeli missiles in Jaramana, Damascus which killed Kuntar and several others. Pic by Louai Beshara/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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Gaza resistance movements celebrate anniversaries

Julie Webb-Pullman

Both Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) held well-attended events in the Gaza Strip in the past week, celebrating the anniversaries of their founding and reiterating their resistance to the Israeli occupation and determination to liberate Palestine.

December 12 marked the 48th anniversary of the PFLP, while December 16 was the 28th birthday of Hamas.

Hamas supporters rally in Gaza City

Hamas supporters rally in Gaza City

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Israeli soldier captured in Gaza in 2014 contacts parents

Source: Palestinian Information Center

Shaul Aaron captured during the 2014 Israeli offensive against Gaza

Shaul Aaron captured during the 2014 Israeli offensive against Gaza

Maariv newspaper said Sunday that the parents of Israeli soldier Shaul Aaron, who is claimed to be captive in Gaza, would hold a news conference tonight to clarify their position on a letter they had received from their son through mediators.

According to Maariv, Hamas sent a letter written recently by Aaron to his parents, starting with a heading reading, “From soldier Shaul Aaron: I want to be freed from captivity.” Read more »

#COP21 Really Does Change Everything – The Announcement

Article – Alastair Thompson

On 12 December 2015 the UN Climate Summit in Paris, France concluded 2 weeks of negotiations. The result was significantly more positive than anyone had thought possible. Not only is the draft agreement legally binding but it targets a 1.5 degree maximum temperature … Read more »

#COP21 Delivers On Its Promise And Really Changes Everything

Opinion – Alastair Thompson

After reading the reports out of Paris today I think we can call this #COP21 (even though its not quite over) as nothing short of a miracle. An amazing victory for diplomacy, common sense and the collective will of Civil Society throughout planet … Read more »

PFLP mourns Malek Shahin

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Press Release

Mourners at the funeral of  Malek Shaheen

Mourners at the funeral of Malek Shaheen

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine mourns our martyred comrade, Malek Akram Shahin, 19, killed at dawn on December 8 by heavily armed occupation forces who invaded Dheisheh refugee camp, violently attacking the Palestinian refugees in the camp.

The occupation military forces killed Comrade Shahin as part of their violent “arrest” raid on the camp, abducting six Palestinians and demanding many comrades in the camp report for interrogation. He was left to bleed in the street for a long period of time and prevented from reaching a hospital, and was then pronounced dead at Beit Jala Hospital.

The Front salutes the heroic martyr, praises his commitment to struggle and to confront the occupier and its storming of the camp. The continued targeting of the cadres and members of the Front in Dheisheh camp by the occupation forces, including the broad arrest campaign against them, will not extinguish the flame of the intifada nor the commitment of the Front, especially on the eve of the 48th anniversary of the Front’s founding. Read more »

CPJ calls Egypt’s prosecutor general to support request to free Shawkan

Committee for the Protection of Journalists

shawkan (400 x 238)

December 10, 2015

Prosecutor General Nabil Sadiq
Office of the Public Prosecutor

High Court of Justice

Al Esa’af Square

Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt

Via facsimile: +2 5774716/02
Via email:

Dear Prosecutor General Nabil Sadiq,

The Committee to Protect Journalists, an international press freedom organization, is writing to you because of our deep concern for photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as Shawkan, who is due to stand trial in Cairo Criminal Court on December 12, 2015.

Shawkan was arrested during the dispersal of a sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adawiya in Cairo on August 14, 2013, where he was present as a photographer. Since then, he has spent two and a half years in jail and, for nearly 24 months of that time, had no knowledge of the charges he faced, CPJ has found.

CPJ raised Shawkan’s case when we met with your predecessor, the Honorable Hisham Barakat, may he rest in peace, in Cairo in February 2015. He and other officials pledged to look into Shawkan’s detention. We ask you to do the same. Read more »

14 Palestinian workers missing in Gaza tunnel flooded by Egypt

Source: PNN

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Fourteen Palestinian workers Tuesday morning were announced “lost” in a tunnel east of Rafah city on the Gaza-Egyptian border, that was flooded by the Egyptian Army with seawater. Seven more workers have been rescued.

According to the Civil Defense Forces in Gaza, the tunnel collapsed due to Egypt pumping seawater into it.

A total of 21 workers were lost in the tunnel, and attempts to locate the missing 14 are continuing.

On Monday alone, Egypt destroyed 20 new-found tunnels, saying that it needs to defend itself and its borders from “terrorist attacks” in the Sinai desert which have caused the death of dozens of Egyptian soldiers.

The Egyptian Authorities control the only non-Israeli crossing into Gaza, which has largely been closed since last year’s Israeli offensive, opening for only a few days at a time.

After more than 100 days of closure, Egypt opened the crossing point for two days last Friday and Saturday, enabling only a fraction of the 25,000 humanitarian cases stuck inside Israeli-blockaded Gaza to leave, and some of the thousands on the Egyptian side to enter.

Mishaal: The Palestinians and the occupation cannot coexist

Source: Palestinian Information Centre

Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Meshaal

Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Meshaal

Head of Hamas’s political bureau Khaled Mishaal has said that the Palestinian people have proved with their blood that they can never coexist with the occupation and settlement.

In a special interview conducted last night by al-Jazeera satellite channel, the Palestinian leader called on the world to anticipate more initiatives and surprises from an occupied people aspiring to freedom.

“We need the intifada (uprising) to curb the settlers, stop the attacks on Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque, and restore the Palestinian cause’s prestige,” Mishaal said. Read more »